Today, June 10th, is Christiane Friedericke (Reiz) Buenger’s birthday. I usually refer to her as Mama Buenger, and she is a main character in my book, “Mama Buenger: Mother of a Synod”. She was born in 1788 so she would have been 228 years old today. She was married to Jakob Friedrich Buenger in Germany … More Happy Birthday, Mama Buenger
I have had the honor of directing the Lutheran Heritage Center for 11 years. It has been a privilege to captain this ship along with great executive board members, volunteers, and support from around the globe. Every trip into this pretty little town brings me joy. No where are the changing seasons more lovely than … More This is my circus, and these are my monkeys!
My grandfather was Emanuel Schmidt, who as far as I knew, was born, raised, and lived his entire life in Perry County, Missouri. However, I ran across this census record for the city of Addison, Illinois which had an Emanuel Schmidt of the right age and born in the correct state. Meanwhile, Emanuel is not … More Clue in a Photo
I had a wonderful time at the LWML-Missouri St. Conference this weekend in Cape Girardeau. There were 600+ folks in attendance. We hosted a table to talk with folks about our museum and research library. We also sold books. A special thanks to Diane Weber and Carolyn Schmidt for helping us get everything organized. I … More LWML State Convention
I am presently traveling in Minnesota and am away from our trusty museum research library. I decided to see if I could find a connection between Perry County and Minnesota. I had heard that Rev. Ernst Moritz Buerger, one of the original pastors who was part of the 1838-1839 immigration ended his career in Minnesota, … More A Minnesota Connection to the Saxon Immigration
Today’s story begins with twin daughters being born on June 2, 1848, but we have to backtrack a little to set the scene. Below is the marriage record of Juliane Kuehnert and Johann Christian Friedrich Saalfeld on August 5, 1845 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. As near as I can tell, this was the … More Twins…..Only One Survives
The marriage record above can be found in an Excel spreadsheet which is part of the church records of Old Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown St. Louis. It was produced in order to provide another format for their church records. However, the record shown above has a glaring error. Carl Eduard Roschke did NOT marry … More A Tainted Wedding Record with a Wonderful Story